Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Colleges

Seminoles guard Bell to transfer

TALLAHASSEE — Benji Bell, who came off the bench for Florida State's men's basketball team last season, is transferring. Coach Leonard Hamilton said Tuesday that Bell has been granted his release.

Bell, a 6-foot-4 guard who will be a senior, played only one season for the Seminoles. He played in 33 games and averaged 3.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 10.4 minutes per game.

Prior to his time at Florida State, Bell played one season at Northwest Florida State where he led the school to the Junior College National Championship in 2015.

Cleaves case: An attorney representing ex-Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves wants a judge to disqualify the Wayne County (Mich.) prosecutor's office from Cleaves' sexual assault case. Frank Manley said in a motion that Cleaves' accuser is a member of a Wayne County child sexual abuse taskforce. A July 29 hearing is scheduled. Cleaves, 38, was charged with assaulting a woman at a motel last summer. He denies the charge.

Officiating alliance: The Big East and ACC have formed a men's basketball officiating alliance, which also includes the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association, which have previously collaborated with the ACC. The alliance begins immediately and will enable the four conferences to work together on all officiating matters and will serve to enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for its basketball officials. In 2015-16, 32 referees associated with the Big East and ACC were selected to work in the NCAA Tournament.

Immunity denied: Alabama's "stand your ground" law won't allow a man to avoid prosecution in the 2014 death of Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell, a judge ruled. Lee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Hughes denied Markale Hart, 24, who sought immunity.

Golf

New winner skipping British

Billy Hurley III wouldn't miss his sister's wedding for anything — not even the British Open. Hurley won for the first time on the PGA Tour on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National and earned a spot at Royal Troon. One problem: Saturday of the Open is the same day his sister, Megan, is getting married in Virginia. Hurley, 34 and a former Naval officer, called her Tuesday during a practice round at the Bridgestone Invitational and said he would be there.

Monty in: Colin Montgomerie will play at the British Open for the first time since 2010 after qualifying Tuesday. The 53-year-old Scot shot rounds of 66 and 71 to secure one of three places available from final qualifying at Gailes Links in Irvine, Scotland.

Soccer

President wants Messi back

Mauricio Macri, the president of Argentina, said he hopes to meet Lionel Messi next week and convince the star to return to the national team. Macri said he had spoken by phone to Messi, 29, who announced his shocking retirement from the national team after Sunday's loss to Chile in penalty kicks in the Copa America final.

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